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Ladies Lax Ends Season 4-10

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By Jesse Rosenthal

The East Hampton High School Girls Lacrosse team, which plays host to players from Pierson and Bridgehampton as well, made some improvements in 2010. The first improvement being actually having a varsity team. Considering there was no varsity squad last season, the fact this team was able to compete on this level and win any games at all is an achievement in and of itself. The Bonackers ended the season with a 6-10 overall record. They were 4-10 in league play.

“We had a decent season,” said varsity coach Matt Maloney. “The best way to put it is that we were O.K., but not quite where want to be.”

As can be expected when a team is starting from scratch, the 2010 season was a learning experience for a group of talented, determined athletes.

“We were moderately strong on offense,” said Maloney, “but in the beginning of the season we were not strong on defense. We became much better in the defensive area as the season progressed.”

The Bonackers lost more than one close game, including a double overtime defeat in Westhampton. Had the outcome of that game been different, East Hampton may have made the playoffs.

Although there was no postseason for the Bonackers in 2010, there was no shortage of talent on the field either. Co-captains and Co-MVPs Kelsi Thorsen and Summer Foley went all-county and all-division respectively. Foley, the East Hampton all-time leader in points and assists scored 15 goals and assisted on 34 this season. Thorsen scored a staggering 48 times while assisting nine. Thorsen also led the team in ground balls and draw controls. Shona Carman, who recieved the coaches award, had 13 goals and nine assists. Most improved were Katia Thorsen and Melanie Mackin.

With three seniors who all play attack (one of whom is scoring/assist leader Summer Foley) graduating this year, Maloney will have his work cut out for him rebuilding a front field offense for next season. That said, he will have all but one midfielder returning. His entire starting defense and goalie will also be returning in 2011 along with many younger players that “are poised to have a very productive off-season to prepare for next season,” according to Maloney.

There is certainly no shortage of talent to fish from in the younger pool. “This season we had two 8th graders who are only going to get better and be here for many years to come,” said Maloney. Maggie Pizzo, from East Hampton Middle School and Amanda Seekamp from Springs both had promising seasons. Pizzo was second only to Thorsen in scoring, ground balls and draw controls, and second only to Summer Foley in assists.

“Combined with the leadership of the returning juniors and seniors,” said Mahoney, “we expect to be the first team in East Hampton girls Lacrosse history to make the playoffs. The girls now have an idea of what they need to do to be successful in this league and in this sport. They are a very motivated and dedicated group of players. I hope to see them work hard in various off-season workouts and leagues to prepare for next year and truly become a team.”

Medals for Pierson/Ross Track

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It was an eventful week for the Ross/Pierson Track team. On Thursday May 6 the boys traveled to Southampton to compete against Southampton and Stony Brook. Southampton didn’t have all their athletes compete because they were to attend the prestigious Loucks Games in White Plains over the weekend. Ross competed with the rest of their team very well. Winning the meet for most of it until the end, where Southampton over took them in the Shot Put and Discus. Charles McIntosh won the 100 meter race in an impressive time of 11.5 seconds. Christian Gonzalez won the 400 meter race in 59.4 seconds. Oliver Lauro won the 400 Intermediate hurdle race in 65.7 seconds. Stephen Early won the 110 high hurdles in 18.9 seconds.

On Saturday the team traveled to Bayport to compete in the 65th Bayport Relay meet, the oldest on Long Island. There Ross/Pierson won the heat in the Sprint Medley relay. More impressive, the same squad, Charles McIntosh, Marco Lanuto, Christian Gonzalez and Stephen Early finished 4th overall in the 400 meter relay race in a time of 49.2 seconds. This placement earned them medals, as seen in the picture.

Ross Basketball: Girls Get First Win, Boys Drop Three

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By Benito Vila

It’s not easy being a small fish in a big pond, especially when the bigger fish are looking for a bite. The Ross School Lady Raven basketball team has only been playing bigger schools this season, a most difficult challenge given that oftentimes there has been only one player in reserve.

That has led to one-sided outcomes and late fades, the girls struggling to maintain their stamina as the other teams bring in fresh legs. The frustration of that experience fell away a bit last Thursday, the Ross team posting a 46-37 overtime win in Port Jefferson.

The Lady Ravens closed out their season this week, a 66-26 loss at Southold and a 45-23 loss at home to Mercy making their final mark 1-11. Team coach Garrett Cutler came away from Thursday’s win with nothing but praise for his team saying, “Everyone contributed as we played very sound offense and aggressive defense. We kept them out of the middle and off of the foul line.”

Ross was down late in regulation but a three-point shot by Kayla Jerido with just over a minute left and a free throw by Lyndsey Fridie with 14 seconds left kept the score even. In describing extra period, Coach Cutler added, “We controlled the game perfectly in overtime. We possessed the ball, made our shots, moved the ball beautifully and made our free throws.”

Fridie finished with 23 points and Jerido 19, the pair accounting for all but four of the Lady Ravens’ total.

Boys Grounded

The Ravens, meanwhile, finished 4-10, one-sided losses this week to Bridehampton, Southold and Greenport putting a 1-10 stretch between an initial 3-0 start and the end of the season.

Liam Chaskey and Brendan Pettaway proved to be the Ravens’ most reliable scorers, each averaging close to 18 points a game. Futhito Yoshida and Hayden Aldredge also came on to earn time on the court this season. All four players are due to return, and only two on the team are due to graduate, the future looking brighter than the boys’ final mark might suggest.

Community Rowing: Erg Cum Laude

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There’s always a way to practice and there’s always a way to compete. All it takes is a little effort and imagination and the benefits are often rewarding.

That’s what Pierson and Ross students participating in the Sag Harbor Community Rowing’s winter program learned on Sunday. Five team members and two parents joined their coach, Lee Oldak, for “Erg for Mercy”, an indoor rowing event held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, and all, including the two parents and the coach, came away with medals

The event Sunday put the students and their coach on rowing machines–ergometers–to complete a 2000-meter “course”; the parents were kept to a more modest 500 meters.

Competing in novice divisions designed for those with less than a year of experience, the Sag Harbor rowers showed that their bi-weekly training sessions in the Pierson weight room are already paying off.

Pierson sophomore Bo Dermont took first in the heavyweight novice group with Carolyn Comber, a Pierson senior, rowing in the junior varsity division and coming in first there. Pierson sophomore Kyle Polley placed second in the boys’ novice division while Haley Smith and Madeline Kiss from The Ross School came in first and second in the girls’ novice division.

“We were all very pleased,” said Coach Oldak on Monday. “Bo’s final time would have placed him third had he competed in the varsity division and that’s quite an accomplishment; those other guys go five days a week. I thought I’d put Carolyn into a division that might be too tough for her. I was second-guessing myself thinking that I should have kept her a novice, and then she went out and won.”

The parents that rowed were Stacy Dermont, winner of the Mom Division, and Polley’s mother, Randi Meshirer, who came in third.

In summing up what the team learned, Coach Oldak added, “Not everyone was sure what they were doing all this work for, but now everyone can see it and they’re all excited about doing this again.”

More On Rowing

Sag Harbor Community Rowing provides a club program for Ross and Pierson students in the fall and spring. The participants practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Sag Harbor Cove during their seasons.

Since early January, the club’s rowers have been coming into Pierson on Tuesdays and Thursdays and honing their stroke and improving their conditioning on the Pierson equipment. Already Coach Oldak is looking forward to early April and getting back on the water to train for the team’s first regatta in late April.

Before that happens though, there is one more indoor “race” set for March 3 at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset.

The East Hampton RECenter YMCA held its initial erg training session last night, Coach Oldak working with Health Enhancement Director Rosie Orlando to tailor a Wednesday 5:30 to 7 p.m. “erg” program for both kids and adults. To learn more about the RECenter’s program, call 329-6884, extension 20.

Those interested in Sag Harbor Community Rowing can call Coach Oldak at 553-5223.

Ross and Pierson Track Get Lesson at Meet

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The Ross/Pierson Track team, in their inaugural season, traveled to Port Jefferson last week and “experienced an education in track & field”, according to Coach Jim Kinnier, who noted “Port Jefferson has a long and distinguished history in track.”

While the team didn’t win any events in that meet, several individuals improved their performances. Stephen Early ran the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 66.9 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 25.4 seconds. Jen Carlozzi tried the 1500-meter walk and finished in 10:41.9, which Coach Kinnier praised.

On Saturday, the team competed at the Westhampton Beach Invitational with Diego Gamboa continuing his impressive season by winning his 100-meter heat in 13.5 seconds and placing second in the 200-meters, at 27.3 seconds. Sarah Barrett lowered her time in the 1500-meters to 5:37.0 and Brianna Kinnier set a personal best by completing the 100-meter high hurdles in 22.5 seconds.

The boys on the team ran against their Mercy counterparts yesterday. Both the boys and the girls travel to Huntington Sunday to participate in the prestigious St. Anthony’s Invitational.

Ross/Pierson Track Near the Top

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Last week the Ross/Pierson girls’ and boys’ varsity track teams traveled to Center Moriches and came away with several top performances. Sarah Barrett (Pierson) won the 1500-meter race in five minutes, 43.6 seconds and the 800-meter race in 2:49.0.

Her teammate Kayla Jerido (Ross) finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, in 20.1 seconds, and in the 400-meter race, in 67.5 seconds. She won the 200-meter race in 28.0 seconds. Jen Carlozzi (Pierson) finished third in the 100-meter race in 15.6 seconds. Aijah Jones (Ross) finished second in the shot put, at 21 feet, three-and-one-half inches, and in the discus, at 57 feet, seven-and-one-half inches.

For the Pierson boys, Stephen Early won the 1600-meter race, in 5:19.2, and the 200-meter race, in 25.0 seconds. He also finished second in the 400-meter race, in 58.6 seconds. Diego Gamboa finished third in the 100-meter race, in 13.1 seconds.

Ross coach Jim Kinnier (who is also a Pierson math teacher and the Whaler girls’ cross-county coach) said, “Although we don’t have enough athletes to score enough points to beat another team, the athletes that we have are doing a great job by winning or placing in the events. Several athletes that joined late will have enough practices for the next dual meet, which is against Wyandanch on Tuesday.”

He cited individual performances in adding, “Sarah Barrett and Stephen Early have shown a lot of promise so far, and also the ability to continually improve. Stephen’s 200-meter race was very impressive. He made up about two or three meters after the curve, which is about halfway through the race. Jen ran a great 100-meter race in which she had to hold off a Center Moriches runner to secure third place. Diego is making big progress since last year, and should ‘make some noise’ in the sprints.”

Ross School March 19, 2009


Ross Upper School

The seventh grade class performed three separate productions of an abridged version of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in the Senior Lecture Hall on March 9. The performance was a culmination of their Rome Unit, integrating English, Cultural History and Performing Arts. Even the Café prepared a menu of Ancient Rome, complete with lentil soup, pickled beets, pea salad with cider vinaigrette, roasted chicken with fig and onion sauce, and potato gnocchi with nut free pesto.

The project was seven weeks in the making and was a team effort, epitomizing the Ross ethos of integration. The students worked hard in Carol Crane’s English class and George Schelz’s Cultural History class, and Performing Arts teacher Gerard Doyle said overall they rose to the challenge.

“Reflecting back, I think they find that they’ve grown in terms of their ability to commit long term to a project,” he said. “They have the ability to choose to take on the responsibility for themselves, to literally translate the verse in modern context and I think that becomes absorbed within them. The door opened for many of them for heightened language, demystifying the convolution of Shakespeare’s text.”

The eighth grade worked on their Guild Projects on March 9 and 10, as part of their studies on Medieval Europe. For two full days, the students worked with “masters,” professional, local artisans who were brought in to train the young “apprentices.” The students chose a focus for their studies in tapestry weaving, mosaics, stained glass, gilding or ceramics.

It is amazing what they can do in two days. You can see how they start to get it and figure it out,” said Cultural History teacher Mark Tompkins.

A particularly important aspect of the Guild Project is that it allowed students to relax and focus on one skill for two full school days. The impact on the students was profound.

In her assessment of the project, student Grace Gill, who worked on gilding, wrote, “I appreciated that we were able to work on art for two days straight compared to an hour and a half a week. It was nice to connect with our pieces.”

On March 11, the students visited St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, winding down the Medieval Unit. The unit will conclude on March 25 with a “Medieval Exposition,” where the students’ Guild projects will be displayed outside the Café and in the Conference Room from 4 to 6 p.m.

Ross Lower School

Ross Nursery students, along with their third grade buddies, presented a check for $766 to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons on March 11. The students visited the facility to hand deliver the check and take a tour.

Their contribution was the result of a collaborative effort between both grades that started a few weeks earlier. Teachers Alison Aldredge and Shannon Timoney had their Nursery students working with clay to develop fine motor skills. “We always start with materials that make developmental sense for the students,” Alison explained. “It strengthens the small muscles in their hands.”

The students began turning out these pretty little clay balls and eventually one of them suggested making these into necklaces. After a while, they turned out so many they decided to sell them and raise money for ARF. “We invited our buddies to help make more jewelry and refine it.” The students made around 250 pieces of painted necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

The project took about six weeks from start to finish. There was even math integration when Megan Sherwood’s third graders were given the job of figuring out how much each piece should cost. During a recent Lower School assembly, both grades held a PowerPoint presentation explaining their project to fellow students, teachers and parents. Carey Reinhardt, Director of Adoptions and Community Outreach at ARF, was also there to explain how the donated money would be used.

“When we get animals in here from other sources, we find we have to designate money to different surgeries that they need,” Carey explained during a recent interview. “It just so happened that we had two dogs that needed the same surgery, so we put the money to what we spent on those surgeries.” Both animals were born with a birth defect where their eyelashes had grown inward. It can be very painful and cause vision problems or even blindness. But the surgeries were a success. The first patient was a Newfoundland mix puppy named Tara, who was adopted last week. The second was a three-year-old Rottweiler, Burmese Mountain dog mix named Josephine. “She turned out to be a super friendly dog,” said Carey, but she is still awaiting adoption.

“The Ross School is certainly very good to ARF and we get children here from the Ross School all the time with their parents,” said Carey. “We love having the kids here.”

Following the school-wide presentation, the jewelry was put on display and the Nursery students manned the table for two days. Only a handful of pieces remain. The project was an opportunity to seamlessly integrate motor skills, creativity and community awareness. “It was really watching the students, seeing what their interests were and taking our cues from them,” said Alison. “It was a very organic process . . . it all just fell into place.”

For the second time, students at the Ross School in Bridgehampton and at the Ross Global Academy in New York City met each other and made connections . . . over the Internet. Through live streaming video, second grade students from both schools shared poetry and songs on March 6.

“We always wanted to communicate with them via video conference because it’s really easy,” said Ross technology teacher Suzanne Bond. Ross teachers Nancy Baxter, Diane Biondo and Kristen Eberstadt coordinated efforts with RGA music teacher Henry Chapin to make the connection. With the help of RGA tech experts Dr. Terrell Neuage and Laffina Ouattara, the social experiment was a success.

“Their kids looked at us and saw us on the video on Crazy Hair/Hat day and thought it was hysterical,” said Suzanne, referring to the last day of Spirit Week at Ross Lower School.

RGA students sang “Follow the Drinking Gourd” in honor of Black History Month and read poetry they wrote about what they see outside their window. Ross second graders sang a Spirit Week song. “They loved the experience,” said Henry.

In a few weeks, the students will reconnect over iChat to sing songs comparing country life to city life.

Bridgehampton Bees Bring it On

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By Benito Vila

There was a time, early on, when it looked as though the Bridgehampton boys’ basketball team was destined for a season of growing pains. After starting 1-7 overall and sporting a 1-2 league mark on January 9, the Killer Bees broke out with two three-game win-streaks and a 7-3 run in league play to propel the storied program back into the county Class D playoffs.

Last night, and too late for this edition, the Bridgehampton boys traveled to 11-2 Stony Brook looking to improve their 8-5 league mark and further demonstrate they belong at the top of the league along with 14-0 Greenport, Stony Brook and 9-5 Mercy.

Bridgehampton’s next game comes at noon next Friday, February 20, in Longwood, going up against Greenport for the county Class D championship. That’s a championship the Bees have earned 17 times since 1978 on their way to bringing home nine state titles.

Former Bridgehampton standout and now long-time coach Carl Johnson credits “the maturity that the team showed over the last few weeks, starting back in January”, when he was away attending to the death of his mother, as being key to the season. “They kept working in my absence and started to put it all together.”

Winning Out

Monday’s 59-42 win over Ross typified the type of effort, resiliency and intensity Coach Johnson has come to expect from his crew. Away from their home court and down 20-5 after the first period, the Bees came back to close the halftime deficit to five at 26-21. A breakout third quarter saw Bridgehampton outrun Ross 25-7 to put the game away.

Coach Johnson said the difference early on was “emotion. Ross had it. It was their senior night and they came out high and played really good ball, the best we’ve seen from any team all year, including Greenport.” Switching up the defense from a 1-3-1 zone to a 2-3 full court trap pressured and rushed the Ross ball-handlers and opened up opportunities for Killer Bees’ attack.

 “Once our defense stepped up, we were able to get some turnovers and fast-breaks, that led to some nice transition baskets, some open shots and then we started hitting the open man and getting the shots we wanted. That and controlling the boards allowed us to keep them to 22 after the first.”

Junior guard Ainsley Wyche led the Bees with 32 points and 12 assists Monday. Wyche’s classmates Cesar Banados and Jamal Hires helped put the game out of reach, Banados with three three-pointers and 13 points overall and Hires with a pair of put-back baskets and 13 rebounds.

In the playoff clinching 76-56 win over Shelter Island last Thursday, Wyche (31) and Banados (25) combined for 56 of Bridgehampton’s total, with sophomore Nate Hochstedler adding in six.

A Look Ahead

The youth of the team is something that Coach Johnson sees as a real strength. “We have almost everyone coming back. If they keep working hard and everyone continues to improve the way they have, we can make a serious run at states next year.”

Returning along with the three juniors and Hochstedler are first off-the-bench reserves Canaan Campbell, a freshman, and Evan Marzan, a 6’4” junior. Sophomores Jeremy Carston and Oscar Reyes and freshmen Brendan Hemby and Pablo Saldivar will be asked to fill in where seniors Matt Marzan, Pablo Londono and Luke Hochstedler have made their contributions.

Looking ahead to playing Greenport, Coach Johnson was quick to admit, “There’s no pressure on us. We’ll have a game plan and it’s a matter of executing it.”

Still coping with the loss of his mother, Coach Johnson acknowledged her passing has had an influence on how he’s approached this season. “It’s changed how I look at the game. Everybody wants to win but that’s not all there is. If your kids perform hard and they do their best, you have to be satisfied with that; that the game is a small part of life and that there are other things to conquer is what I’ve tried to convey to my team.”

Keeping Them Laughing One More Weekend

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by Raphael Odell Shapiro

 Caroline’s. The Improv. The Laugh Factory. Bay Street? For five summers now the Bay Street Theatre on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor has transformed itself into a comedy club a few nights a week. The theater has brought in major stand-up acts from around the country to perform on their stage at 11 p.m. on weekends, after their Mainstage performances, or on Monday nights at 8 p.m., a traditionally “dark” night.

The comedians are often bemused (or befuddled) by their backdrops. Naturally, the Mainstage sets remain up for the Comedy Club acts, often leading to some degree of hilarious incongruity. Lewis Black, a famously enraged comic often featured on “The Daily Show with John Stewart,” once delivered jokes from King Charlemagne’s throne on the set of “Pippin.” This summer, comedian Greg Proops was confused by the revolving set of “Beyond Therapy,” which he said looked like it might have been designed by Escher.

This weekend marks the end of Bay Street’s summer season. Three comics will round out the Comedy Club lineup, and will have to contend with the Harlem apartment set of “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

First to perform will be Jeffrey Ross. Ross is a regular at the Friar’s Club “roasts,” and was dubbed by New York Magazine the “Meanest Man in Comedy.” He is a co-host on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Possibly most impressive on Ross’s resume, however, is his role as filmmaker.

In the fall of 2003, Ross was invited by friend Drew Carey to join him on a USO tour to Iraq. Ross brought along his newly purchased camcorder, and realized quickly into his five day trip that the footage he was capturing could be more important than just a home movie. In 2005 he released and edited a movie entitled “Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie,” an honest documentary of the state of American occupation, but with still comedic commentary from Ross and the other comics on the tour. The film was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Ross will be at Bay Street this Saturday, August 30 at 11 p.m.

Next will be Jamie Kennedy, who is well known for his television series “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,” and for such films as “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and “Kickin’ It Old Skool.” He has been on tour for three weeks, promoting the DVD release of his documentary, called “Heckler,” which will come out September 9. Kennedy spoke to the Express from Iowa, where he had played a show the night before. As he roamed the streets in search of an open food vendor, he described his stand up act.

“I do characters from my show, impressions, stories from my life…you know like the first time I had sex,” he explained. “And funny things that happen to me in Hollywood.”

Kennedy went on to talk about the difficulties of stand up comedy, and the misconceptions thereof.

“It’s an indefinable thing, you know? To make someone laugh. Most people watch and think, oh, that’s not so hard,” he said. “But it’s like, I watch the Olympic gymnastics and say yeah, I can bend down and touch my toes, but I can’t do a flip.”

“I like to mix it up in my shows though. I mean in Iowa, there’s no food after five o’clock but the crowds like to have fun.” He continued, “If people want to come to have a good time, they will.” Kennedy will take the Bay Street stage on Sunday, August 31 at 11 p.m.

The final act is Brian Posehn, who has most recently been seen on Comedy Central’s show “The Sarah Silverman Program,” as well as numerous sitcoms such as “Seinfeld,” “Everbody Loves Raymond” and “Friends.” He will perform on Monday, September 1 at 8 p.m.

All Comedy Club tickets are $50. For more information call the Bay Street box office at 725-9500 or visit the website at www.baystreet.org.